After Edge-Lit at Derby – which was excellent! – Worldcon in Dublin is now on the horizon, and I’ve just received my schedule. For anyone who wants to know where I’ll be (with the usual caveats, subject to possible last-minute change, you know how conventions are) . . .
A portable kind of magic: why we love books-about-books
15 Aug 2019, Thursday 14:00 – 14:50, Liffey Room-1 (CCD)
Whether it’s a library of every book ever written, a compendium of magical creatures, or a hitchhiker’s guide to the universe, we’ve always loved a good story-about-a-story. What is behind our fascination with books and libraries, and why does it translate so well to SFF? How does the history of book-making connect to our myths and legends, and what shape will our meta-stories take in the future?
Now We Are Witnesses: Doctor Who’s New Historicals Format: Panel
16 Aug 2019, Friday 11:00 – 11:50, Wicklow Room-1 (CCD)
It’s the other revolution of the Chris Chibnall era; he gave us the closest thing to “pure” historical stories that Doctor Who has seen for decades. We will discuss the evolution of Doctor Who’s historical adventures over time, as well as considering why these two episodes worked so well, why Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor was the right Doctor for these stories, and what other adventures lie in the future.
16 Aug 2019, Friday 14:30 – 15:20, Odeon 3 (Point Square Dublin)
Terry Pratchett, Guillermo del Toro and writers of Doctor Who (during the Tom Baker period) have all evinced admiration and inspiration from a set of horror flicks produced by a long dormant British film producer Horror Films from the 1950s and 1960s. Our panellists look at what makes them so enamoured of their productions.
Down the rabbit hole: the appeal of portal fantasy
18 Aug 2019, Sunday 10:00 – 10:50, Liffey Room-2 (CCD)
In portal fantasies people are transported from our world to another, which allows the reader to learn about this new world at the same time as the protagonist. What is the appeal of portal versus secondary world fantasies? Why are portal fantasies so often written for children and teens rather than adult readers? The panel will discuss the appeal of portal fantasy and its place in the fantasy genre.
Autographs: Sunday at 13:00
18 Aug 2019, Sunday 13:00 – 13:50, Level 4 Foyer (CCD)
Reading: Genevieve Cogman
19 Aug 2019, Monday 14:00 – 14:20, Wicklow Room-5 (Workshops) (CCD)